Palestinian terrorists fired at least two missiles into southern Israel, in retaliation for yesterdays attacks. The Palestinian Authority called for a halt to Israeli attacks, while the Israelis called for the Palestinian Authority to disarm the Palestinian terrorists. Neither side can do what the other wants. For the Israelis, being a democracy means you have to comply with the popular demand for security, and that means going after the people that plan and carry out these attacks. For the Palestinians, going after the Palestinian terrorists would be equally unpopular. For decades, Palestinian leaders have proclaimed that the only solution to Palestinian problems is the destruction of Israel. A generation of Palestinian children have grown up in schools that stressed that every day, in classrooms and textbooks. That message is constantly delivered in Palestinian media. The Palestinian Authority believes it would be political suicide to go after the Palestinian terrorists who, of course, exist only to destroy Israel. It's a deadlock with no sign of a solution in the offing.
October 27, 2005: Israel launched air attacks on terrorist targets in Gaza, and promised a wide scale offensive to destroy Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad. An Israeli missile attack in Gaza killed Islamic Jihad militant, Shadi Mohanna, and six others.
October 26, 2005: Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad got a suicide bomber into the Israeli town of Hadera, where the explosion killed five people, and wounded about thirty. This was the first suicide attack in Israel in three months. Islamic Jihad said this attack was revenge for Israel killing one of their leaders on the 21st. Palestinian terrorist organizations are supporting the current round of peace talks by only promising to a truce, and vow to resume their attacks on Israel eventually.
October 25, 2005: Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, openly called for the destruction of Israel, in a speech to 4,000 Islamic militants in Iran's capital. This caused a diplomatic uproar worldwide. You're not supposed to say stuff like that. Having underlings, or state controlled media say it is tolerated. But heads of state are supposed to be, well, more statesmanlike. Ahmadinejad anti-Israel line, which he has held for over two decades, is a boon for Israel. Iran has been under a lot of pressure to stop its nuclear weapons program, and many foreign nations working on this have played down Iran's anti-Israel attitude in order to further negotiations. But now the world will have to confront, if only for a while, the real goals of the Islamic radicals that run Iran. Not just the destruction of Israel, but an Islamic dictatorship for the entire world. The rest of the world likes to pretend that the Iranians are not really that crazy, and most Iranians are not. But the minority of Iranians who run the country are Islamic radicals that control the guns, and are trying to build nukes. For a brief moment, until Ahmadinejad's statements are pushed into the background once more, the world can contemplate what Iran is all about.